Environmental Geoscience - 5-Year Bachelor of Science and Master of Ocean Science and Technology

The combined program offers motivated and exceptional students the opportunity to achieve aspirations in an efficient program at Texas A&M, completing the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in the Environmental Geosciences program and the Master of Ocean Science and Technology degree in 5 years.  There will be two courses used for dual credit in this program.  There is a total of 150 hours of coursework.  The concurrent degree program will enable these motivated students to coordinate the required B.S. coursework (120 undergraduate credit hours including 6 dual credit graduate hours) and Master of Ocean Science and Technology coursework (36 credit hours including the 6 dual credit graduate hours) to complete the required credit hours for each degree without diminishing scope or quality of work and within 5 years.

Application and Eligibility:

  • Applications to the combined program will be submitted by June 15 after the completion of the student’s junior year.  Applications submitted after that time will be evaluated on a case by case basis. GRE scores are not required for admission to the program. 
  • Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25.  Applicants should also earn a C or better in all Chemistry, Calculus and Physics courses.  Once admitted to the program, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on all graduate coursework. 
  • A faculty advisor will be assigned to each student.  Students may seek additional mentors, but a formal committee is not required.
  • Students admitted into the combined program must finish the entire 150 credit hours to obtain both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  Students will graduate at the completion of the 5th year of the combined program coursework (150 credit hours) with both Bachelor's and Master's degrees. 
  • Students admitted to the program will change from U4 to G7 status when they are admitted having completed at least 90 hours (end of spring semester, year 3).
  • Students not accepted or not allowed to continue with the combined program will complete the 120-hour Bachelor’s degree under the standard 4 year curriculum. These students may still apply to the traditional graduate program.
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOS 101 Introduction to the Geosciences 1 1
GEOS 105 Introduction to Environmental Geoscience 3
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 4
POLS 206 American National Government 3
American history 3
Language, philosophy and culture 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
GEOG 201 Introduction to Human Geography 3
Select one of the following: 4
Weather and Climate
and Weather and Climate Laboratory
 
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Lab
 
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
 
Oceanography
and Oceanography Laboratory
 
American history 3
Environmental Policy Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Select one of the following: 4
Weather and Climate
and Weather and Climate Laboratory
 
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Lab
 
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
 
Oceanography
and Oceanography Laboratory
 
Communication 3
Coastal and Marine Environments theme elective 3, 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
Fall
GEOG 330 Resources and the Environment 3
PHYS 206
PHYS 226
Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science
and Physics of Motion Laboratory for the Sciences
4
STAT 211 Principles of Statistics I 3
Coastal and Marine Environments theme elective 3, 4 6
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
GEOL 420 Environmental Geology 3
GEOS 470 Data Analysis Methods in Geosciences 4
PHYS 207
PHYS 227
Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory for the Sciences
4
Creative Arts 2 3
Environmental Policy elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Fourth Year
Fall
GEOG 390 Principles of Geographic Information Systems 7 4
GEOS 405 Environmental Geosciences 3
OCNG 604 Ocean Observing Systems 4, 6 3
OCNG 608 Physical Oceanography 4, 5, 6 3
OCNG 603 Communicating Ocean Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
OCNG 657 Data Methods and Graphical Representation in Oceanography 5 3
Fundamentals of Ocean Science Course 6
Select two of the following: 5
 
Biological Oceanography  
Geological Oceanography  
Chemical Oceanography  
Coastal and Marine Environments theme elective 3, 4 3
Technical elective 3 5
 Semester Credit Hours17
Fifth Year
Fall
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate course 3
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate course 3
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate course 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
Spring
OCNG 661 Advanced Oceanographic Data Analysis and Communication 3
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate course 3
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate course 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
 Total Semester Credit Hours150

Two courses in the degree plan must be writing intensive courses designated by the Environmental Programs in the schedule of classes. Also, international and cultural diversity electives (3 hours) and cultural discourse (3 hours) must be incorporated into the degree.

Any of the required courses may be taken during the summer sessions to diminish the heavy semester loads during Years 2 and 3.
 
The program includes a total of 156 hours with 6 hours being applied toward both the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geosciences and the Master of Ocean Science and Technology.